Still from ‘The Queen Is Dead’
I only recently learned that the singular British polymath artist Derek Jarman, director of Caravaggio, Blue, and Jubilee, directed a bunch of music videos in the 1980s, including several for The Smiths and Pet Shop Boys, which is a perfect fit when you think about it.
The Smiths, “Ask”
This 12-minute short movie, already tackled for DM by Paul Gallagher in 2012, is called The Queen Is Dead—basically it’s three videos strung together for the title track, “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” and “Panic”:
Both of Jarman’s videos for Pet Shop Boys were for their second album, Actually.
Pet Shop Boys, “It’s a Sin”
Pet Shop Boys, “Rent”